On Wednesday, Boris Johnson stood in front of the House of Commons during PMQ’s and took what can only be described as an embarrassing beating from the opposition bench and his own backbench. ‘PartyGate’ no doubt persists in sparking anger from people across the country who lost loved ones, couldn’t see their dying friends and family who suffered alone and those (all of us) who put their lives on hold for the past two years.
But I’ve been asking myself for the past couple of weeks if Johnson is actually invincible? If this had been any other Conservative Prime Minister in living memory they would have surely been ousted by now, not by the public, not by Labour but by their own party. And that’s the thing. If the public, as the general mood suggests, have lost all faith in Johnson, that surely makes him unelectable and after all, that’s the Conservative’s main concern when it comes to a leader.
The past week has suggested that a number of letters of no confidence are to be submitted to the 1922 Committee, though after the recent defection of Christian Wakeford MP from Tory to Labour this may have given reason for Tory backbenchers to rally around their boss and show strength within their party. However, pressure is still rising for the PM and it may reach boiling point in the coming days. He was dealt a huge blow in the Commons when former Conservative leadership candidate, cabinet minister and fellow Brexiteer, David Davis, called for his colleague to resign. Although Davis does have a track record of heavily criticising his current boss, so this may come as no surprise to the party.
Though Johnson stepping down and leaving office would just mean Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak taking his place. The country deserves better than what we’ve been dealt with in this government of Brexit-born charlatans. ‘Brexit-born’ referring to those ministers gaining such ministerial positions because of their apparent support for leaving the EU and ability to sell the country a fantasy back in 2016. It isn’t only the PM that needs to go, it’s the lot of them.
I’m still amazed people are surprised by the recent revelations surrounding the parties in No.10. Johnson revealed what type of politician he was a long time ago. Drafting two separate articles before picking a side in the 2016 referendum, one arguing for Remain, one for Leave, in the hopes he could figure out which path would lead him to top office. What did people expect when they voted for him back in 2019? For the compulsive liar to be not so compulsive with his lying anymore? It’s like being conned by a conman once, then buying from him a second time and being surprised when you’re conned again.
The state of British politics at this very moment is depressing and has been for some time now. The match made in heaven between a PM and his adviser remains shattered as Cummings continues to seek revenge against the boss that dumped him when the going got tough; two Machiavellian characters exercising their sociopathy to see who can blame the other for caring less. While Keir Starmer and his Labour Party may not be showered with qualities one could hope for in an ideal government, they are certainly a much better alternative and the only chance we have of kicking this current government out of office.
However, if I were Starmer I would perhaps entertain the idea of wanting Johnson to stay as PM, as this would obviously keep the Tories at rock bottom and keep the electorate’s eyes firmly locked onto Labour for the next general election. I’m inclined to accept this fate for Johnson, maybe up to the local elections to see if that can shift the balance of power in Labour’s favour. But, increasingly, it seems as though he has to go. It’s simply a matter of when not if, especially with the publication of the infamous ‘Sue Gray Investigation’ expected imminently.